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Translation of the Urdu Book Musalmano-ki-Mawjoodah-pasti-ka-Waahid-llaaj
by Maulana Ihtishaamul Hasan Kaandhlawi
translated by Malik Haq Nawaz
Muslim Degenemtion and its only Remedy
AUTHOR'S PREFACE For the high devotion, keenness and perseverance of Hadhrat Mohammad Ilyas (Rahmat-Allah-Alaihi) and also due to the profound zeal shown by many other learned and pjous personages among Muslims, a cohesive work is currently in progress for the propagation of Islam and the Islamic way of life. This fact is known to most of the wellinformed Muslims of this period. Although an unworthy being for the high mission; I have been commanded by the distinguished gentlemen referred to above to write an account of this work, so as to bring out clearly the special features of propagation (Tabligh) and also to highlight the burning need for this, the Supreme Islamic activity, at this critical juncture, so that, as many Muslims as possible are able to understand and benefit from what is going on. In obedience to their command, I have ventured to gather in this booklet a few thoughts and ideas, which are mere drops from the ocean of knowledge and enlightenment possessed by the above mentioned personalities. The collection really amounts to a handful of petals from the vast garden of the teachings of Islam, which I have hurriedly picked up for presentation to the readers. There may be mistakes and omissions in the presentation, for which I beg my readers to make allowance, and request them to be so kind as to amend or correct those mistakes if necessary, thereby earning my gratitude. It is my earnest prayer that may Haq-Ta'ala (Shanahoo) by His special favours and kindnesses, and for the sake of the noble personages connected with this work, forgive me for my sins and not uncover my misdeeds, but He may graciously enable us all to lead a pious and virtuous life. May He bestow upon us the wealth of His own love, and grant us the approval to follow His own chosen faith of Islam. May He also give us the power to propagate Islam in strict obedience and loyalty to His dearest and the most distinguished Prophet, (Hadhrat Mohammad saIlallaho alaihe wasallam). MOHAMMAD EHTESHAM-UL-HASSAN (DELHI) 18 RIBIYYUSANI 1358 (HIJRI)
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It enlightened Muslims and created in them the urge for taking the right counsel. it will be necessary to look closely at the root cause of this sad state of affairs. One cannot find any sign in them of those Name of hills around Mecca (Saudi Arabia). particularly so in the ranks'of learned preachers and "ulema". there can hardly be a living person who can be said to have the purity or the sincerity of conscience. THE DISEASE The history. Muslims are sunk in vice and sin. the Muslims moved from success to success and attained the highest pinnacle of glory in history.* Its rays spread to the East. honour and peace to the entire mankind. power and grandeur. Inaction and complacency on our part in these circumstances will be an unforgiveable sin and crime. hence no cure or improvement J I" kp$ a - lz . alas! this fact of history has only become a myth. particularly in the context of the present day life of Muslims. and reflects no virtues or moral character worth the name. happiqess. no proper treatment can be prescribed or administered. On the contrary. who once gave strength. some distinguished thinkers and preachers of Islam have been seriously pondering over this unfortunate plight of their people and have been striving hard to reform the Muslim society. which cannot be-erased. Now-a-days. but unfortunately all efforts so far have only brought further frustration. dignity. apathetic. Instead of improvement. One wonders at such behaviour and finds that a people. they ruled on this earth with such grandeur and strength that no contemporary power had the courage to challenge them and. the matter does not end here. despair and confusion have resulted. but when one turns his eyes away from the pages of the history books and looks at the Muslims of today. will reveal that the Muslims were the sole possessors of honour. one sees the picture of a people sunk in misery and disgrace. shallow and helpless. noble deeds which at one time used to be the symbol of each and every Muslim. For centuries. to narrate which may sound meaningless and ridiculous. West. North and South. if someone dared to do so. But. This is the historical truth. which obviously is a blot on the brilliant performance and achievements of their ancestors. he did that at the risk of being annihilated. a people who possess no real strength or power. have now become completely demoralised. People have assigned several causes to this degeneration and have adopted numerous measures for arresting the rot. By following the right path and the guidance emanating from that light. Until this is done. The situation is fast deteriorating and the future looks darker still. take pleasure in laughing at the very ideals of Islam and openly criticize the sacred code o. even up to the end of the thirteenth century Hijri. before deciding what is to be done. they reached every corner of the earth and within the short period of 23 years. honour or dignity. a light of true knowledge and guidance rose from the horizon of the rugged hills of Batha. an ancient tale.4 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 5 PAST HISTORY About thirteen and a half centuries ago. The Muslim youth of the new generation. when the world was sunk in the darkness of ignorance. which has been affected and influenced by the so-called modern trends or the Western way of life. the way was paved through that light for the mankind to move to such heights of glory as had never been attained before. Unfortunately. contempt and ridicule. that the enemies of Islam talk and discuss their affairs with delight. They have wandered away so much from the path of virtue which at one time used to be their "hallmark". But. brotherhood or mutual love. The basic truth of all this is that the root cause of the real disease has not been diagnosed. but alas! (The treatment only aggravated the disease). EARLIER ATTEMPTS TOWARDS IMPROVEMENT For a long time. sin and impiety. which would ultimately bring them their salvation.f "Shariat" as being out of date and impracticable. Those who had once taught the world the golden lessons of etiquette and culture are today found wanting in these very adornments. the early followers of Islam.
g k 1993 ) $\ "And let Time be witness: verily man is in a great loss except. We ought to seek its help in finding out what our troubles are and how they are to be removed. I . & . if we really desire to attain full recovery. those who believe and do righteous deeds and who rejoin truth and enjoin patience. and do not grieve. and they would have found no protector and no helper. therefore. it would be futile to look for the cause and the cure for the prevailing degeneration outside the dictates of "Shariat"." (r ... the wisdom and guidance from the "Quran" will never fail us.. Once we come to know about that. Obviously. they were sure to turn on their heels. which lays down a complete way of life outlining every possible measure for advancing and progressing on the path of true success and righteousness. . if you are true believers. it is the only source of wisdom for man. of necessity. But if.6 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 7 can be expected. we must.cling to the solution and solemnly resolve-to adopt it. particularly at the critical juncture and in the difficult times through which we are passing nowadays. & 31 .. If their relationship with Allah Ta'ala and the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) is strong and firm. grandeur.A. i k$ 61 A&YI plj 19 9j I& $ 4 ~j ctv rI J . Any step lacking proper diagnosis and correct treatment would a=ount to making a chronic situation more chronic.A\) 391 . This is borne out by the following verses: (. on from the following verse: &3 . "Shariat-e-Muhammadiah" assures its followers their spiritual and material well-being and advancement for their whole life in all situations. Allah Ta'ala. glory and virtues by Muslims. He has also given the assurances that true believers will always dominate over non-believers a d that nonbelievers will be left without any friend or ally. . history proves that the early Muslims had been able to reach the highest summit of .. Let us look and search for the right solution in the "Quran" and "Sunnah". For this. In other words. This is clear from the following verse: > "And it is our bounden duty to render succour to the true be1ievers. and further increase confusion and despair. " "And do not give way to despair. (a a . His Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and those who believe.g 0 0 +i : AUJI 51 4 JiilIj . . remains avowedly commit^ that the kingdom and His vicegerency on earth are only meant for the true Muslims (momineen).9@ & d ~ J.3 \ P J j-) l ~-] . It very clearly describes the proper course of action and indicates methods to check and re-orientate in the event of losing direction or going astray. lies only in their being strictly faithful.E8 )4YJ . they are 3 . Certainly. it is Allah Ta'ala's own obligation to grant every help to the true Muslims and it is also His promise that such people will always remain exalted and glorious. THE APPROACH It is the proven claim of Islam that the "Shariat" is the Divine Code. r. of course. destined to be masters of each and every things on this g Earth. In fact. I I "Allah has promised to those from amongst you who believe and do righteous deeds that He would surely make them His vicegerents on earth.. . . 4. exaltation." Moreover. as is clear from the following verse: "And if these non-believers had given you a battle. we must look closely into the "Quran-i-Hakim" which is the fountain source of "Shariat" and of all knowledge and guidance for the whole of mankind. 4. j (A d+U\) &?jd3 !!j!! + c1 ' ' 43 I I I THE DIAGNOSIS The Creator of the universe.. right up to the last day of life on this earth." "And honour is only for Allah. and you only shall dominate." As already brought out." The above Divine assertions clearly indicate that the way to regain honour.
According to the faith of Islam. h A*j d. the points which need urgent investigation @re: (a) as the right type of faith. which can have the approval of Allah Ta'ala and His Apostle and which will bring us spiritual and material advancement. the Oneness." The supreme purpose of man's creation had been fulfilled. In these circumstances. the distinguished position. "Khair-ul-Umam" (the best of dl peoples). had prophesied: existence of Almighty Allah Ta'ala. It is obvious from the above verses of the Quran that the first Muslims had attained that high position in life because of the purity and strength of their faith and the excellence of their character.+j& A . and the ultimate ascendance to exaltation and glory through it. excellence of conduct and the eventual capacity to act righteously." : . in the Quran. the deplorable condition of the present-day Muslims is the result of weakness in their faith and character. This last fact has been clearly brought out in the following verses of the Holy Quran: 'I. p j &Q< (\ \ g\ + @ . Only after that purification. Conversely. You enjoin the good and forbid the evil. good and evil had been clearly defined. from our midst? A study of the Holy Quran clearly reveals that the capacity to maintain the required level of the true faith of Islam. the lineage of prophethood and apostlehood had been terminated. It was impossible for man to conceive and utilize that knowledge without his first being purified of impiety and obscenity.L$j z* Ea . It was for this purpose of bringing about this purity and power in the ranks of mankind that thousands of Prophets and Apostles had been deputed by Allah Ta'ala. what will be the means of acquiring that true faith. and the most exalted "And today we have perfected your Religion for you and completed our bounty upon you. - d OI+ Jr ) +lJ& &. I . and (b) what are the factors which have caused the extinction of that faith." . the opposite of what their forefathers possessed. and lastely. came the "Sayyed-ul-Ambia wal Mursalin" (the greatest of all the Prophets) Mohammsd (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). is he to be adorned with fine virtues. it will be right to say that today we are Muslims in name only! In this connection. and to reflect His unlimited Powers and boundless Attributes through man. is not to be seen anywhere. whereas the present day Muslims seem to have moved in the opposite direction. I BY "0 you (followers of Mohammad): you are the noblest of peoples. (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). a complete system of practical life had been revealed. the true Messenger of Allah Ta'ala Hadhrat Mohamrnad. It was then that mankind received the glad tidings in the following verse: "An era will come in the near future when Islam will exist merely in name and Quran will exist merely in phrase. who was to be guided by the light of true knowledge. the main purpose behind the creation of this world was to establish and prove the Divinity. It is for this that they have been given. the duties that were formerly discharged exc!usively by the Prophets had devolved as a collective mission upon the "Ummat-i-Mohammadia" (the Muslim people). are dependent on the fulfilment of a special task which has been so graciously assigned by Allah Ta'ala to the Muslims alone. This is clearly applicable to the Muslims of the present time. in that you have been brought out for (the benefit of) mankind. It was through him that man reached the high state of development of mind and body leading to the final stage of purity. and with it the true life of Islam. The last in the series. @ 31 et E 68 &h . Therefore. and you believe in Allah.8 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 9 honour and glory. I .
and the community." In the first verse. (1) It has been narrated by Hadhrat Abdullah bin Masud (radi Allaho anho) that the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasailam) was pleased to say: "Amongst peoples gone by. . This inference is taken from the following verse: "And those amongst the people of Israel who rejected Allah's commands were cursed by Allah through the tongues of Dawood and Isa." & j 45 83 Hadhrat Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was pleased to say: "When an individual of a community sins. the other would reprimand him and would say: "Fear Allah"..8 E g (2) Hadhrat JAreer (radi Allaho anho) has narrated that $ f I I ' Yj S & I . and cursed them through the tongues of Dawood and Isa son of Mariam. +JI dj hliGj (\) "And it is but meet that amongst you there should be a group devoted to inviting people towards righteousness and enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. He confounded the hearts of some with those of some. and this bccause they rebelled against Allah and transgressed His limits. 3." I. "Allah Ta'ala" has stated the reason why the Muslims are called "Khair-ul-Umam" (noblest of all peoples). He has further clarified that only those people shall be exalted in life who fulfil that injunction. son of Mariam. in spite of its authority over him. He subjects them to various tribulations in this very world. J . a @ ." . It is stated in another place that the failure to accomplish this vital task will bring curse and gloom on its assignees. Who has control over my soul: you must enjoin the good and forbid the evil and force the ignorant wrongdoer into the path of rectitude. i. and it is only those who do this that prosper.e.. when somebody committed a sin. Mohammad swear by Him. The command does not end here. And the curse was because they rebelled against Allah's commands and transgressed the limits and did not desist from the evil that they were doing.. it is because of spreading good and preventing evil. And when Allah saw them behaving thus. but on the following day would befriend him and mix with him as if he had never seen him committing the sin.r. Allah's punishment descends on them even before death. else Allah will confound your hearts and you will be cursed. does not prevent him from sinning. as were some of the peoples gone by. In the second verse. & a &I A+ $ > J! :&j & ~1 p & I .10 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 11 J'J J'J . " . . and verily it was a grievous lapse on their part." A further explanation and clarification of the above verse of the Holy Quran can be seen from the following "Ahadis" (sayings of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam).
" "Said the Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam): When my "Ummat" (followers) begin to attach more importance to the world and to regard it as a source of glory. And if the "Ummat-e-Mohammadiah" becomes guilty of that neglect and omission. he should use his tongue. and if he has not the power to do even this. He did not utter a single word but.J% 2E "When anyone of you witnesses the commission of evil. they will be deprived of the blessings of Revelation. I. and if he has not the power to do this. repaired straight to the mosque. when they begin to indulge in mutual recrimination. "The Kalimah La ilaha Illallaho al~ays~benefits individuals who proclaim it. having performed ablution. the punishment to he given to them will be more severe than to the earlier people." . and this last represents the weakest degree of faith. the awe and importance of Islam will vanish from their hearts. Allah has ordained you to enjoin exordium. and. its rights are ignored. you ask for a favour and He may not grant it. that the abandonment of the act of "Amir bil maruf wa nahi anil munkar" (enjoining the good and forbidding the evil) has usually been the root cause of "Allah Ta'ala's" anger and displeasure and His eventual wrath. the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) has enjoined the act of "Amir bil maruf wa nahi anil munkar" (enjoining the good and forbidding the evil) "as the essence and the pivot of the faith of Islam" and the abandonment of that act as the cause of decay and decline of the faith. In the "Hadis" of Abu Saeed Khudri. unless. stood by the wall of the mosque to hear what he had to say. because they would have failed to recognise their exclusive obligation and neglected to fulfil the sole mission in their life. (radi Allaho anho) it is mentioned: 8h ." THE ROOT-CAUSE From the above "Ahadis" it is clear. said: '0 the good and forbid the evil. and keeps away from them woes and troubles. they will fall low in the eyes of Allah. too. after the usual holy people. indeed. (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) came to me and I could read from his noble countenance that something extraordinary had happened. and you call for help and He may refuse'. he should use his hands to prevent it. lest a time should come when you call and He may not respond. When they give up the practice of enjoining good and forbidding evil." (4) Hadhrat Aisha (radi Allaho anha) says: "The Holy Prophet.12 Muslim Degeneration a n d its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 13 (5) Hadhrat Abu Huraira (radi Allaho anho) has narrated: (3) Hadhrat Anas (radi Allaho anho] has narrated that Hadhrat Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was pleased the to say. The Prophet of Allah ascended the pulpit and." The companions inquired: "What does the ignoring of its rights mean?" Replied the Prophet: "It means that when sins are being committed openly they do not prevent or stop them. he should use the power of his heart. For this reason.
. Then comes an epoch of mischief and error. It is usual for Allah to so arrange that every Prophet leaves behind a group of his companions who perpetuate His message. (rahmatullah alaih) in the following manner: "There can be no doubt that the act of "amr bil maruf wa nahi anil munkar" is that solid pillar of Islam. and he who cannot. will surely rank as the noblest and the most distinguished being among the whole of mankind." "Alas! alas! the fear has come true. it is ignored or forgotten and its methods and practices are given up. The vital importance of Tabligh (the task of propagation] has been further emphasized by Imam Ghazali. mutual contempt and humiliation are rampant. These are discussed below. Indeed. is a true believer. is also a believer. on which each and every article of faith rests. like an animal. There are some well-known causes which seem to be responsible for the apathy and indifference that prevail today. there is no degree of faith-(Muslim). Mankind will be reduced to utter moral destitution. has become the slave of his passions. on the contrary. when the entire mankind will be under trial before the Almighty Allah Ta'ala and called upon to'account for each and every action. man. Human relationship will break I I The tower of knowledge and enlightenment has been demolished and its benefits and effects have been completely wiped out. So whosoever arises in defence of Truth and Law. is left in human hearts. but his statement is very accurately applicable to us today. of the sublime relationship between man and his Creator. the conscience.g 5 6$ %& 3 E . 0 *= - C . one has to say that the very purpose of prophethood is totally defeated and rendered meaningless. Their actions are at variance with their proclamations. which is the capital wealth of man. but uses the power of his heart." He said this nearly eight hundred years ago. All achievements of man will become dangerous and even harmful. their activities are not warranted by the holy law.. It is for this very mission that Allah Ta'ala deputed all the Holy Prophets. do even this. We must ponder and calmly think out what is to be done in these circumstances. If unfortunately. that which was apprehended is before our eyes. and opposes the miscreants with his hands. Indolence and dullness of mind will prevail.a - 5s . Civilization will be ruined. will wither and degenerate.1 4 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 15 There is yet a clearer version of the same "Hadis" from Ibne Masud (radi Allaho anho): down. Thereafter. not only is there a paucity of true Muslims in this world now. endeavours to revive the act of propagation and comes forward to shoulder that heavy responsibility. Consequently. but less than this. But. an epoch that witnesses the birth of people who step aside from the path laid down by the Prophet. the vivid realisation of all this will come only on the Day of Judgement. he who cannot do this but uses his tongue. Nothing. but it is practically impossible to meet anyone who is prepared to bear the inevitable privations for the sake of propagating Islam. is a believer too. The highway to vice and arrogance will be opened up and barbarity will spread in the whole world. who follow it rigorously and preserve the holy message exactly in the form in which the Messenger left it. "Any Muslim who dares to take steps to remove the present state of ruin and devastation..
8." I "0 you who believe! you are responsible for your own souls.& j $ % 2% $j @ tlj &jjlj ' @ J& $j +$ ' t' Jb&cIjA$Ij < ~ d & ~ j f J j j ~ *~ j j if"^ & $ -~." (The Companions) enquired: "On whose part (to counsel)?" He said: "On the part of Allah. and you shall be questioned in respect of that entrusted to you.$I >$J & . the whole body suffers from the pain. &j 9 i p tlj p91 . the Apostle. So you are all shepherds. in another place.tIj t 3~~ &." It indicates that the collective life and progress and salvation of the Muslim society as a whole are the essence of Islam.. the leaders of the Muslims and the lay Muslims. and all those distinguished Muslims who immediately followed them." Even if we suppose. the infidelity of others will bring him no harm. So. that this task has to be carried out by the "Ulema" only. the meaning would appear to be against the Divine wisdom and spirit and against the teachings of the "Shariat-i-Mohammadiah. When any limb receives an injury. the present emergency and the critical situation demand that everyone of us should put his shoulder to the wheel and strive hard for the propagation of the "Kalimah" and the protection of theMuslim way of life. while you are on the path of righteousness..1 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 17 CAUSES FIRST And similarly.a * ' I J L J I J ' I It is commonly believed that. 3 >& t l j @ ' i+$j pj eu . The Muslim people must be considered like a single body having several limbs. and shall be questioned in respect of them all: the slave is a watchman unto his master's effects and shall be questioned in respect of those. in that case. if a person is firm and steadfast in his own faith (eeman).b]-+j . is a sign of grave ignorance on our part. 'I'o assign the obligation of 'l'abligh (amr bil maruf wa nahi anil munkar) solely to the ranks of "ulema". because of the meaning attached to the following verse of Holy Quran: J. yet g s% -2 g * 5wz ~2 . even when the relevant injunctions of the Quran are clear and squarely apply to each and every living Muslim. the king is a head unto his subjects and shall be questioned in respect of them. To enforce the righteousness among the people and to keep the people moving on the right path is the responsibility of all other Muslims.* 'I' 'I' "Lo! All of you are leaders and shall be questioned on the Day of Judgment in respect of your trust. a yet clearer version is given: We generally believe that the act of Tabligh is the sole and special responsibility of the "ulema". The duty of the "ulema" is to state the truth and to point out the right path. The actions and the hard work of the Companions of the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). the wife is a head unto her husband's house and the r:hildren. SECOND . He who goes astray cannot harm you. and not to ourselves." In fact. Mankind may progress to any limit and it may reach the highest pinnacle of glory in every sphere of life. .2 . bear definite testimony to the contention that each and every Muslim is responsible for the propagation of Islam (Tabligh). because. the real meaning and sense of the above verse is not what is being apparently attached to it. The following "Hadis" is a clear exhortation to this: 1 i I I ~ l I The Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said: "Religion is the act of counselling. the husband is a head unto his wife and shall be questioned in respect of her. as an extreme case.
They maintain that. one is that . It is true that the effects of the apostolic light become less and less as we are removed farther and farther away from it. the downfall of Islam and the Muslims is inevitable. For. "when you have performed the duty enjoined on you. no harm can be brought to them by those who decide to give up the right way of life. it will be useless to make any effort towards the reformation of Muslims. in these circumstances. who explains in his "Sharah Muslim": "The consensus of opinion of the learned personages regarding the meaning of his verse is that. Whenever any scheme for improvement and reformation is presented to anyone. including all the Divine commands. . the way of life taught by Hadhrat Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe was all am^. Indian subcontinent were 11ot frec! and did 11ot possoss indcperldci~t politic:al powc:r clr authority. had the Muslims before us thought so. Therefore. and of the several injunctions addressed to all. but this does not mean that no effort is to be made to regenerate that light by enforcing "Shariat" and upholding and defending. they will soon find themselves encompassed by the wrath of Allah. the usual reaction is: how can the Muslims progress in the circumstances when they have neither a state* of their own nor any power to rule. He has performed his duty of "amr-o-nahi" and acceptance or rejection of it by the other party is not within his competence." THIRD " 0 people! you are given to reading this verse: " 0 you who believe! you are responsible for your own souls. such as Imam Nawdvi (rahmat-ullah alaih).u -m "(No one shall carry another man's burden)". They all seem to have resigned to the fate. there would have been no trace of Islam left anywhere by now. all alike. they lack even in physical stamina. that it is difficult. the former shall not be penalised for it. neither wealth nor any financial standing." but I have heard the Apostle of Allah saying that when people see something evil and do not seek to liquidate it. have become indifferent or even averse to the need for the reformation of society. because there would have been no means through which the lessons and the teachings of "Shariat" could have reached us. the learned and the ignorant. Yet another point is that full enlightenment will be received only when all the rules of law of "Shariat-iMohammadiah" are accepted and practised." as says Allah Ta'ala: People of distinction as well as the common man. Allah knows best. with all our energies and power." The verse in question has been similarly interpreted by all the truly learned personages. E 2E _ o&fY E a g ii . Even the religious people seem to have decided by themselves that. Therefore when an individual has performed this duty. having drifted so farther away from the prophetical teachings. for the Muslims to make any progress to regain their lost glory. In that event. it being the fourteenth century "Hijri" and the people. while you are on the path of righteousness.. rather impossible these days. no army and equipment of war nor any influence. the remissness of those who refuse to profit by your counsel will not harm you. This interpretation is supported by the following words of Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radi Allaho anho): regarding enforcement of good and prevention of evil.18 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 19 there will be some who will go astray and become involved in impiety. it will be fatal for us not to check the ' The original text was written in 1938 when the Muslilns of th. the above verse re-assures the righteous people that as long as they remain steadfast and keep moving on the right path. he who goes astray cannot harm you. mutual agreement and unity of purpose. which naturally cover "Amir bil maruf wa nahi anil munkar". and the addressee proves refractory.
" FOURTH "The believers who." Although the above verse refers to "jehad" (holy war) against the infidels and unbelievers in order to uphold the teachings of Islam and subdue and subjugate faithlessness Most of us think that. as we ourselves do not possess the essential virtues and qualities of Islam. there can be no question of denying obedience to it. gather greater strength and make us more determined and resolute. and so is the pace of deterioration in the religion of Islam. Allah has exalted the "Mujahideen" over those who stay at home.20 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 21 present negative attitude towards Islam. in the direction of propagating the truth. "Insha Allah". The situation demands a strong. quick and determined effort by one and all for arresting the rot and stopping further degeneration of the Muslim society. It is clearly brought out that the one who strives hard in the path of Allah Ta'ala remains superior and exalted compared to all other. We should adopt a vi orously positive line for our own sake and also for the sa e of future generations. There is a "hadis" about a very pious person who may pray night and day all his life. Unfortunately.g . for example: f and "shirk" and. particularly when we have been commanded by Allah Ta'ala for that task. human effort and perseverance have been defined as the only media for its promotion and advancement. He shall help you and make you steadfast. To the former. But. e . His mercy and forgiveness. being their admirers and believers. although we are unfortunate in not having the opportunity of fulfilling that sublime task. they seem to be deficient in these very requirements. they succeeded and were the recipients of high rewards. - 5 . Undoubtedly Allah Ta'ala has promised to provide rotection for the way of life propagated by Hadhrat MoEammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). we will also be favoured with Divine help and assistance: "If you (come forward to) help the religion of Allah Ta'ala. but he cannot come to the level of one who strives and sacrifies his pleasure and comfort for the sake of guiding and helping people to move on the right path of Islam. The time is moving fast. many commands and injunctions in the "Quran" exist. Thus. It id against the convention and the Sunnat of Allah Ta'ala that. if one perseveres and strives for His sake (religion). 85 . On this very point. and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. We must appreciate that the "Quran" and "Hadis" are full of the lessons in calling the Muslims to be active and to persevere in the path of Allah. cannot equal those who perform "jehad" in the path of Allah with their lives and wealth. sit at home. He would not condescend to bestow favours and kindnesses because the eF E . existence of true Islam depends entirely upon the perseverance and collective effort of its followers. Our efforts then shall. we are not competent to perform the duty of propagation of those qualities among others. we ought not to throw away any chance of doing something. He has promised a blessed abode. As a rule. Since an obligation has to be fulfilled. assuredly.2 @ . our sustained endeavour on proper lines will one day bring us the great honour of being dear to Allah Ta'ala. The Companions of the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) strove untiringly for that purpose and. We. without a reasonable excuse. ought to try and follow them and prepare ourselves for the propagation of the "Kalimah" and the message of Allah Ta'ala. with glorious reward: pompous ranks. We must set ourselves to work in obedience to Divine command. Only then can we expect that one day our humble efforts and insignificant perseverance may gather momentum and impetus for bigger and higher performances. In this way. This is a clear misunderstanding. They had the honour of receiving Divine help and assistance. howsoever small. Allah has raised the status of those who perform "jehad" with their lives and wealth as compared to those who stay at home.
and do forbid evil actions even though you do not abstain from them all'. who were always the victims of the worst type of treatment. they think. +I) . SlXTH Most of us take it for granted that the religious schools. and no Prophet came to them but that they ridiculed him. today all our sentiments and feelings for Islam are practically dead.' said the Prophet.. urge and passion for Islam. as is clear from the following verse: = I 3 r. is it right that we should not enjoin virtue unless we practise all the virtues ourselves. but we are apt to forget the fact that the performance of the act of propagation means simply to follow in the footsteps of the Prophets of Allah Ta'ala.22 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy I Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 23 person was not competent or fit for the task! This point is fully brought out in the following Hadis: Hadhrat Anas (radiallaho anho) relates: "We inquired of the Holy Prophet: '0 Prophet of Allah. This is true. But. Only then can we derive full benefit from the existing religious institutions which. I Sh ~2 eE 8% 8' f (. as the traces of Islam that exist today owe their existence to these very institutions. using harsh and insulting language. may meet the fate of total extinction. we seem to possess a hidden inferiority complex towards our religion and faith! Obviously. Alas! they have succeeded in their object! As. In those days these institutions could perhaps meet the demand ! There is a great misunderstanding that. within ourselves. Even to derive full benefit from these institutions." 4. The task is stupenduous. . we have to create. 'do enjoin others to practise good deeds even though you do not practise all of them. the presence of 'a11 these is absolutely essential and one must 1ook. Also.upon them with reverence and pay attention to their problems. the "Ulema". To be content with the existence of these few means will be a grave folly on our part. &jj&i "And We sent down Prophets before you amongst people gone by. are enough to meet the requirements of Tabligh. These efforts. Unless such steps are taken vigorously. Undoubtedly. the saints who have their seats at various religious places (Khanqah). whenever one takes up the work of enjoining good and forbidding evil. That is the usual and destined disposition of those who take to this mission! Indeed. I u 0 EY . and instead of these institutions. instead of love. in turn. whereby we are able to revive the dead spirit of each and every Muslim and rekindle in him the love and attachment for Islam. the present state of complacency will spread deep and wide. and there were visible signs and manifestations of Islamic way of life. . he is not received well by the people. because of the continuous onslaught on our faith and social structure by various foreign elements and forces. can serve the community in a befitting manner. all Prophets had to suffer untold miseries on account of this." The Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) once remarked: "No Prophet has suffered more than me in the propagation of truth. The people invariably treat him badly. and should not forbid the wrongs unless we ourselves completely abstain from them all? 'Nay. we must act quickly and wrest the initiative from the hands of opposite forces and launch a strong counter-effort. but they are not enough to meet the situation even partially. Up to fifty years back. which are doing good in this limited way. therefore. people did possess real love. that sometimes people tend to adopt a mean and contemptuous attitude towards religious workers. considering our present weaknesses and the extent of the problem. a true and a deep respect for the faith of Islam and a burning desire to adopt it in our practical life." FIFTH adequately. and the religious books and magazines are sufficient activities for the fulfilment of the mission of "Amr bil ma'ruf wa nahi anil munkar" (Tabligh).
who was wordly poor and without any means. real sentiments and love for Islam are practically dead in us and our belief in it has dissipated. when the very source becomes dry. and maintining a constantly roper flow of religious benefits from it. The Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) forbade his followers from looking upon any 'Being' except Allah g! . we cannot achieve anything in this life because no nation or people can rise to glory without having in them the high human attributes and character which only the religion of Islam can give. As a result. the channels of virtue. As we profess to be the followers of Hadhrat Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) who himself had suffered in the performance of this very mission. "Indeed the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) is the perfect example for you to follow. of Islam." The propagation of that same very truth can bring the very same results again. which really and truly is the life-blood." In this very connection. They strongly disliked and were deadly opposed to the "Kalimah-tul-Haq". No one among them was prepared to listen to reason or truth or obey another person. In the beginning. It has been fully discussed and brought out earlier that the only means for the building up of this source. good deeds and fine attributes. It was the message of Eternal Truth to which he called!-that and only that (Truth). The Pagan Arabs were arrogantly independent and self-opinionated. which was the Holy Prophet's (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) sole mission and aim in life-and which he so beautifully presented to the people! It is: ( 7 d l J) . he did not have a single supporter behind him nor had he any political power or possessions. We should now clearly feel the disease from which we suffer and judge the treatment which can bring the remedy. SOLUTION It has been clearly brought out in the preceding pages that the current disease in the body of Muslims has sprung from the extinction of the true spirit of Islam in our hearts. which the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had the sole mission to teach. First we ought to carefully think and see what was it towards which he beckoned the people. Hadhrat Imam Malik (rahmatullah alaihi) said: dji ligjz91 & ? T & & ? '. 1 4. This is exactly what is evident today. In these circumstances. but came running towards him as soon as they perceived the light. "That we worship nothing but Allah. when the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had started to call the people to Islam. To achieve all this.g 1 . Obviously. are not to be seen any longer. but took everything cheerfully and with forbearance. By this means alone can we recognise and truly understand both Allah Ta'ala and His Holy Prophet. It is now up to us to set about the revival of the obligatory task of "Tabligh". Hadhrat Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). and none of us considers another god except Allah. one wonders what gave such invisible power and force to that one single man. is the act of "Ta ligh". initially they refused.24 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 25 It is obvious therefore that there is no justification for giving rise to such misunderstanding. we will have to adopt the exact methods and ways which are laid down and were demonstrated by the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) himself when he reformed the pagan Arabs. It will be only then that we can hope to regenerate the true faith of Islam in the masses. and associate none with Him as His compeer or rival. Unless we are able to revive it. and will be able to clearly understand and finally submit to their commands and wishes. which can flow from it. Allah Ta'ala says in the Quran: E Reformation of the last (part) of this (Mohammad's) Ummat will not be possible except by adopting the method which was used in the beginning (by Hadhrat Mohammad sallallaho alaihe wasallam). and stood by him so close that they never left him again. that he eventually was able to draw the whole of the Arab nation towards him. we must also follow his sublime examples and show patience and calmness while performing the vital duty of "Tabligh".
does good deeds and says. which the Ho!y Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had been commanded (by Allah Ta'ala) to teach and spread. to believe in One True Allah Ta'ala and His one Divine Personality and His Attributes.e. Not only did he succeed in achieving his aim. To serve this very purpose. but that We revealed upon him that verily there is no god but Me and so worship Me. and I invite you towards Allah Ta'ala knowingly. not be difficult then to find out how to apply that treatment and regain our lost vitality. and He knows those who are bn the right path. As Allah Ta'ala says: "0Muhammad! invite people to your Lord with wisdom and better counsel. I and my followers too: and Allah is all pure and never will I join partners with Allah." The highway marked for the progress of the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and . If we bear in our mind all that has been discussed so far. it should.26 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 27 Ta'ala for worship or obedience. as will be seen from this verse: I 4 "0Muhammad! say. should live. It was to practise and demonstrate this very faith that man has been sent on this earth.his followers is further declared in the following verses: "And We did not send any Prophet before you. and argue with them in such wise as . I am of those who submit their will to Allah." The sacred biography of Hadhrat Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and also those of other Prophets indicate one single aim as the sole mission of their lives: i. we also know the true disease from which we suffer and its treatment. verily." We should by now ought to be able to understand the real purpose for the creation of man and the way we. verily your Lord knows the one who wanders' astray from His path. but was able to cut all ties between his followers and every alien element. 3T 5 h 45 . .is best." "And We have not created the genii and human beings but to worship Me only. It is further clear from the following verse: To call mankind to Allah Ta'ala and show the right path to all those who had gone astray was the only mission and the sole purpose of the Holy Prophet's (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) life. therefore. thousands of prophets had been deputed before him. However. They really became the picture of: "Follow that which has been sent to you from the Sustainer. and with that background act sincerely. this is my path. and do not follow others (considering them) as Protectors except Allah Ta'ala. This belief is the essence of the faith of Islam.g 8h-h $J ." "And who is better in speech than one who invites you towards Allah Ta'ala. and bound his people in one uniform system of life from which they never tried to break away again.. any method adopted will "Insha Allah" prove to be beneficial and successful. a proven successful method is described. particularly Muslims." This was the real lesson.
That is. the enforcement of the commands and orders of Allah Ta'ala. (b) To ensure that one's own children as well as those of the neighbours and friends are taught the Holy Quran and other essential religious books as a first step in their learning. what I have to say is nothing else than a brief outline of the practical way of life which had been followed by our ancestors and early Muslims. 88 %& z. 7 (3) To develop attachment of body and soul to the Holy Quran in the following manner: (a) To recite daily a portion of the Quran. and to act on the faith that Allah Ta'ala is the only Power. a scheme of work and action is described below. we begin to change our own life on the pattern requirements of the "Kalimah". If one is unable to understand the meaning. Having this as ideal. If a person is unable to read. (2) To become punctual and regular in offering our prayers (naniaz) five times a day. it ought to be learnt properly with each detail committed to memory. whilst maintaining the feelings of one's own humbleness and helplessness. 7 . and to sincerely resolve: I will obey every command of Allah Ta'ala. and it is He alone who grants success or failure in life. who should be carefully selected for his distinction in piety and his capacity to follow "Shariat" and "Sunnah".Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 29 COURSE OF ACTION With the very limited knowledge and understanding that I have about such a vital matter as "Tabligh" (enjoining good and forbidding evil). the Greatness. In this connection. with highest respect and reverence for the holy scripture and by understanding its meaning. guidance should be sought from a "Sheikh-e-Tariqat" (a learned and saintly person). it is suggested that the following "Wazaif" may be repeated a hundred times (one tasbih of 100 beads) each. which means concentrating on the Omnipotence. however small. We can plan and act on this broad base by adopting the following practical scheme and procedure: (1)To memorise and correctly recite the "Kalimah": lallaho alaihe wasallam). (4) Some time should be devoted each day to zikr. In other words. "namaz" should be performed as if one was actually being presented to Allah Ta'ala in a manner befitting the Height of His Greatness and Glory. if possible. to believe. to be periormed in utmost humility and supplication. If the procedure of "namaz" is not known. In case no such holy person can be contacted. Simple recitation of the original words and lines is also a great blessing. shall try to practise it in my dgily life and will not disobey Allah Ta'ala in any circumstances. and to offer DUROOD [prayers] for the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). both in the morning and in the evening: And to understand its literal meaning. to say. The fulfilment of this resolution must be made the main aim of life. He may prescribe certain "Wazaif" (special verses) to be recited during the times of "Zikr". Success will depend on our truly adopting the way of life preached and taught by Hadhrat Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and our accepting him as true and last Prophet of Allah. for the improvement of Muslims and their progress in Islam. from material motives and acquisition of . The FIRST and the FOREMOST thing to do is to change the aim of our life. to fix as a definite objective for ourselves. as well as what it actually implies. to the propagation and spreading of Allah Ta'ala's "Kalimah" and Islam. and it is He alone who is to be worshipped and obeyed. The greatness and superiority of Allah Ta'ala must be held uppermost in mind throughout the prayers.wealth. The performance of this most obligatory duty ought to be strictly in accordance with the procedure laid down by Hadhrat Mohammad (sal- 3%. he ought to spend a litle time daily to learn to read. the onlv Authority and the Sale Controller of all things. he may still recite the text with the purpose and hope that his salvation and progress depends on it. Actually. and the Attributes of Allah Ta'ala.
e. Thus our efforts will become extensive and ultimately reach every person. to pass one full month. In those days. 1 1 I I i Previously. For the sake of this work. The only and the best way to achieve this is to devote some time specially for learning and inculcating in oneself these fine Islamic qualities. It was exactly this type of work. under the guidance of those people. (c) Istighfar (seeking forgiveness of Allah). in a given place or area. This does not mean that we should give up everything else. as well as many other distinguished Muslims of the early period of Islam. r I Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 31 (b) Durood (praying blessings for the prophet). he was considered to be ignorant and a useless fellow. sympathy and sincere attention at all times. the real requirement in "Tabligh" is to spend continuously four months once in the lifetime._ 4. which every Prophet of Allah Ta'ala had to do as his sole occupation.5 5. full three days every month outside in a locdlity or a village other than one's own. 34 6g g. as we devote our whole-hearted attention and time to other material vocations. But alas! today. or better still. at the same time. It will be our misfortune and enormous loss if we do not devote a part of our lifetime. and also persuading others to make similar efforts. to bring us triumph and happiness both in this life and the hereafter. and therein lies our very existence as Muslims and also our success. 7 1 I The above practices should be strictly enforced in one's own life and. towards propagating and perpetuating Islam. our profession-trade or employment and take entirely to this work. The opposite is also true that by neglecting this important task we suffer from moral degeneration and social degradation. We must confess that it is due to our negligence in this vital task that the Muslim society has reached its present state of low morale and virtual collapse and. rich and poor. if anyone did not do that. to join hanas in this work and become bound in the ties of true Islam as ordained by Allah Ta'ala and the Holy Prophet Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). we should also attend to this work. The only remedy for this is that all of us must sincerely repent our lethargic and injurious past and take immediate steps to revive the act of Tabligh as our major occupation. The worthy Companions of Hadhrat Mohammad (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). The fact that a person professes the faith of Islam automatically entitles him to brotherly respect and reverence from all Muslims. glory and ultimate salvation. i. 5 . If we realise this we can appreciate that the propagation of Islam is our real mission in life. and not a finger is moved to check this terrible loss. Most of them sacrificed their lives in the sacred path of Allah Ta'ala. honour and wealth for upholding Islam and the Kalimah. (5) Every Muslim must be considered as one's real brother and must always be given affection. It really means that. which is the real and urgent need of the day.30 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy (a) Third Kalimah. therefore. however small a period it may be. All these periods are to be spent entirely in the pursuit of learning and propagation of the true faith of Islam and adopting the actual way of life under the Sacred code of "Shariat". efforts should be made so that other people may follow them as well. they should try to contact their friends or such persons in their neighbourhood who may already be engaged in this work and spend a few hours a week in their company. who must at all times refrain from causing him any physical or mental harm. the very purpose of being a Muslim was to be ready to lay down one's life. employer and employee. although we feel proud to be called Muslims. Later. Thus a joint and collective campaign will automatically ensure for the growth and expansion of Islam in its true form. forty days annually in some distant area in similar manner. The next step will be to spend. Lastly. As and when some persons find themselves ready to take up this sacred task. but as early as possible. almost all Prophets had to bear untold miseries and perils. Land-Lord and Peasant. It is only then that we can expect the mercy and compassion of Allah Ta'ala to flow. particularly when he is in need.. learned and ignorant. we remain totally unmoved by the fact that every particle of Islam is being destroyed one by one before our very eyes. we must rise and make manifold efforts. spent the whole of their lives in striving hard and struggling for the religion of Islam in this very manner.
rules and practices. including travelling. The following general principles of the work of "Tabligh" should be carefully noted at all times. where "ta'leem. to join hands in this sacred task and come out to do the work of Tabligh like the Jamaat itself. a rakaat means one complete action comprising standing. It literally means to follow in the footsteps cjf the Prophets. as a faithful slave of Allah Ta'ala. as the work is of a very superior character.g -2 &3 3-u 53 . the other principles. A part of the "jamaat" should be detailed to tour the locality calmly. (reading and teaching out of religious books) should be in progress and later the "namaz" (prayers) of the time should be offered. if he can afford. On reaching the place for "Tabligh". They should be told to be regular in their daily prayers. which simply means to follow closely the lines adopted by the worthy Companions of the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) strictly in accordance with his teachings and practices. the people should be persuaded.c Z g c . he must try to behave as a perfect Muslim. some members of the "jamaat" may accompany the people to their homes. i 4$ . One of them should be selected "amir" (leader). he must consult all his colleagues. in turn. This is the basic requirement and the soul and foundation of the work of "Tablfgh". and quietly inviting people to the mosque. make ablutions and offer two "rakaat 'nafil' prayers. GENERAL PRINCIPLES In its real form and sense. ' In formal prayers. During the course of work and. After this. For all this time. will become easy to follow: (1) As far as possible. even away from it. once again the "jamaat" should supplicate and beseech for Allah Ta'ala's mercy and help in their mission. in an affectionate and calm manner. some of which are narrated below. food etc. must be borne by each individual himself and. giving out as simply as possible the cardinal points of Tabligh and the way to accomplish them. one of the members of the "jamaat" should place before the people. They should get together in a mosque. The place of Tabligh will be the vicinity of a mosque of the locality where the work is to be conducted. he may quietly assist those companions who may be in need. The women should also be told to strictly follow the cardinal points of "Tabligh" in their daily life and observe "pardah" in accordance with the "Shriat". all such people who may be prepared to join the work should be organized into a separate "jamaat". it must be based on equally high principles. constantly obeying and following the Divine commands of "Shariat" and always seeking Allah Ta'ala's mercy and pleasure. Later. After this. and every precaution should be taken not to indulge in idle talk.. comforts and morale and. with and "amir" from among themselves.Muslim Degeneration and its pnly Remedy 33 PROCEDURE TO WORK The most important factor in the task of Tabligh is the manner and the method of approach. again in a cordial manner. which ought to be strictly followed throughout. before taking any decision. all should supplicate together and beseech for Divine mercy. the importance and urgency of reviving Islam in each and every Muslim as ordained by Allah Ta'ala and the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). . Truly. "Tabligh" is the most important type of worship of Allah Ta'ala and it amounts to a blessing of very high order. two "rakaat" means two such actions. After this. Finally. kneeling and bowing by placing the forehead on the ground. He must see to every person's welfare. The method adopted by the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was as follows: A jamaat or group of at least ten men should be formed. Each participant must feel that it is he who needs to improve himself rather than thinking of reforming others. should ensure that his personal services and attention are available to each and every member of his Jamaat. The important point to be remembered at this stage is that every person engaged on "Tabligh" must fully obey his "amir" and the latter. "zikr" should be recited by all. where the womenfolk should also be addressed and persuaded to do similar duty amollg women. all expenses. Once it is deeply and firmly embedded in the hearts of workers. All this should be done without entering the private portion of any house. They should first be made to work under the guidance of the members of the original "jamaat". help and guidance for success in their efforts and remaining steadfast and resolute in their task of Tabligh.
All types of displeasure with each other must be avoided. for an act. "Allah Ta'ala accepts only such actions and deeds which are performed purely for His pleasure and accord". The total time must be devoted to bringing out the Divinity. by this means one will be able to learn many right things about the faith of Islam. (4) Leisure and free moments must be spent either in reading good religious books or in the company of pious and learned companions. There is yet another "Hadis" in the same connection. In another place' it is mentioned "Allah Ta'ala does not look at your face nor at your property. to be most careful and frugal in expenditure. because. may amount to contempt of Islam itself. f (7) Every action. Particular care must be taken of the time given to the "Tabligh" work itself. No show or ~ u t w a r d ance is to be put on. however insignificant. which are in real sense the basic principles to be followed by each and every Muslim at all times. using simple and polite language. however small. and to constantly observe every single obligation. but imbued with this quality is destined to bring high rewards and plenty of well-being.34 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy (2) All fellow workers and companions in this work 67 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 35 must be given full respect. talks and discussions must be conducted in soft and persuasive tones. Hadh- . an insincere act. Oneness and Omnipotence of Allah Ta'ala and to confine all talk to the main points of "Tabligh". Such participation will prove a great blessing for the whole area where the "jamaat" may be working. On the other hand. discussed or done. towards one's family. will not bear any worthwhile fruit or benefit. The degree of success and progress will depend entirely on the depth of our sincerity. however big or small. who was appointed as Governor of Yemen. (6) No controversial matters or points of secondary importance be discussed at any time. begged the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) to give him some s ecial advice. (5) To endeavour to earn an honest and pure living. (3) Conversations. useless or senseless is uttered. shown tolerance. work and speech must be fused with sincerity and honesty of purpose. be cared for and encouraged at'all times by one another. relations and acquaintances. rat Mu'az (Radi Allaho anho). which in turn may provoke the wrath of Allah Ta'ala for the whole community. about Allah Ta'ala and His apostle. it is through these learned personages that Allah Ta'ala has blessed us with the true knowledge of Islam and enlightenment. The "ulema-e-karam" (scholars of Muslim scripture) must be held in high respect and esteem as we usually display for the "Holy Quran" and "Hadis". Any disrespect towards them. The Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasal am) was pleased to say. "Be meticulously honest and sincere in matters of religion: a little done with sincerity is enough". however big. that nothing unimportant. but only at your hearts and deeds". So the crux of the matter is that the work of "Tabligh" must be performed appearwith all sincerity and honesty. either in this life or in the hereafter.
This is best for you. giving. it means spreading of Kalimah of Allah and enforcing of Allah's Commandments. and secondly of struggling hard in their path. i. secondly. if you understand. which refers to the hard work and endurance for the faith of Islam as a highly profitable business. such as the forgiveness for all our sins. and perform "jehad" in His way with your wealth and lives. firstly to have firm faith in Him and His Apostle. Your Lord will forgive your sins. without shirking to use one's life and wealth. . He has also promised two things: first a beautif91 and peaceful abode in Heaven (Jannat) with an eternal life. which are bound to come as is promised in the Holy Quran: " 0 you who believe! shall I point out to you a trade that will shield you from a grievous doom? Believe in Allah and His Messenger. through these two attributes alone. but there is also clear hint for this life too. .1P * d ' # w. In the practical sense. . Allah Ta'ala has demanded two things from us. to struggle hard in His path. . which really is the greatest I rZ 6. It should be clear to us now that the happiness and success in the life after death is solely dependent on having firm faith in Allah Ta'ala and His Apostle. which actually means "jehad". This again points to the act of "Tabligh". Allah promises that He will certainly givc dominance . and everlasting happiness: and second. and stately abodes in everlasting gardens. For this.JI) *' \ . ? . succour from Allah and victory near at hand. and puts it across in the following manner: I i i i triumph for a Muslim. Only then can we fit to receive the promised vicegerency of Allah Ta'ala and His kingdom on earth. such as prosperity.. && . The trade is meant: to have a firm faith in Allah Ta'ala and His Apostle and to struggle hard in the path of Allah. This is exactly what the "Tabligh" is meant to bring to us. and you shall enter Paradise. which are fraught with confusion. When we fulfil these basic requirements. which if accepted promises deliverance from all types of afflictions and punishments. The second demand is that of striving in the path of Allah. however. < . once again. It now remains to be judged as to how all this can guide us and bring us the desired relief and benefits in these times. & -\ .. .Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 37 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION A brief sketch of the work of "Tabligh". its importance and urgent need have been discussed. > . ("0 Li gjLl . firstly of faith in Allah Ta'ala and His Apostle. And another which you covet much. and in striving hard in the path laid down by Him. and give glad tidings to those who believe. . and this is great success . if need be. which can ensure for us everlasting well-being and happiness. which is also the ultimate aim of "Tabligh". we have to seek guidance from the allwise "Holy Quran". unrest and rivalries. j . Jehad may ncrmally mean fighting a war against oppressors and non-believers. our lives and all that we possess. So much for the success in the next life. . . the success and prosperity in this life too depend entirely on that very faith and on spending all our efforts in the path of Allah Ta'ala. that we should all be endowed with the wealth of true faith. 6 G w I p g2 "To those of you who believe and do righteous deeds. divine help and success against all our adversaries! I n other words. .. O& 4Z 5 \ j I 52 $9 Ei ( * =i. In return for this. we can adorn ourselves with high moral virtues and excellence of character. & 1 . under which ripple (beauteous) streams.@dj & j &jI . We shall get what we cherish most." The above verse describes a trade. deliberate mistakes and shortcomings and high rewards in the life hereafter. The first demand on u s i s that of faith (eiman). glory and success in this life. '. .e. It is this simple work which will bring us great benefits. Similarly.
(1 . peace and tranquillity in this life other than to adopt and firmly hold on to the work and system of "Tabligh". in the territory of Mewat (an area of Alwar . Allah Ta'ala may obviate all our miseries and adversities and we may be able to regain our faith. Let us begin the march and fix our minds on the final goal. which is to present to the readers the sketch of a practical way of life. as is clear from the next verse: I ." FINAL A P P ~ A L This very system has actually been put into practico. to understand our obligations towards Islam and fulfil them in our own interest and that of the coming generations and the mankind at large. an analysis of the present situation and a practical solution for improving it has been given. in fact the solution is nothing else than the actual Islamic way of life. happiness. If all Muslims collectively resolve to follow the noble example mentioned above and adopt the correct system of life.-. tranquillity and happiness. which about thirty years ago had been initiated and vigorously followed by Hadhrat Maulana Mohammad Ilyas Sahib. and He will thereafter certainly transform their fear into tranquillity. the progress of the local Muslims. provided they worship Me and associate none with Me. has been quite marked. Later on too.+ J T ~ 149~j 41+I e I j : "Hold fast to the rope of Allah and do not create dissensions. Practically the whole of Arabia had become an Islamic State in the days of the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wesallam) himself and the rest of the countries (Muslim countries of today) mostly joined Islam during the period of "Khulfa-e-Rashdin" or immediately after their time. but through "eiman" (firm faith) and righteous deeds. dignity and glory in this life and attain permanent salvation in the next. The way is clear and well set. it can be said that there is no way to gain honour. and the religion that has been chosen for them shall be strengthened for them. however. for which everyone of us must use all his energies and wealth. The Muslims can then set an example for the rest of the World to live in peace. He had in fact dedicated all his life for this sacred purpose and mission.. in the recent past. State) and a few other districts around Llelhi (India). the promise continued to be fulfilled in favour of a number of Muslim kings and "Khalifas" and it still awaits materialisation if someone fulfils the conditions.r d.9 41+k "Surely Allahs followers shall dominate" In these few pages. which is to acquire the pleasure and approval of Allah Ta'ala. The work in that region. which is the natural desire of every man on earth. "rahmatullah alaih". which belonged to our forefathers and early Muslims. An attempt has been made to explain as early as possible the real purpose behind the writing of this book. the power to do righteous deeds and the resultant honour." The above verse portrays a forthright promise of kingdom.38 Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy Muslim Degeneration and its only Remedy 39 to them in this world as He gave to those before you. The blessing and benefits of the system of "Tabligh" are clearly visible and worth witnessing. there is every hope that. through that effort. as described in this book. the Muslims of the present time.. This was actually fulfilled in the days of the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and remained in effect right through the period on the "Khulfa-e-Rashidin" (the first four Caliphs after the Holy Prophet (sallallaho alaihe wasallam). has not yet reached the final stage. CONCLUSION In conclusion. It is up to us.
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